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Mar 6, 2004
Suffolk 'em all
Right, now there are a few good reasons to be at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Helping to relegate MK and seeing SCP hopefully experiment a bit with players he wants to hold on to for the future are two reasons.

But the main one, in case you are not yet aware, is that we are having our first big SUEPA event at the game.

Under the banner 'Powell's Pals', at the game on Saturday will be a number of old team mates of our manager during his SUFC playing days (so, July '90 to Jan '96). They will all be introduced to the crowd before kick off and THEN afer the match in the Far Post Bar (behind the East Stand) at circa 5.15 pm there will be a FREE meet the players session hosted by David Crown. The plan is, after introductions, to have a Q&A session and then to allow all the chance for pics and autographs. I am expecting SCP to be there at some point too.

One of the ex players who is helping me get some of his fellow team mates along wants it to be a surprise for SCP re who is turning up so we are going with that as far as possible. However, if all come along who say they are then the combined total Shrimper appearances of all is around the 2,000 mark, so there are some serious legends coming along! One of the players who will be there has certainly had an interesting life!

One or two will have been to Roots Hall since they left, but a number have not been back this century, so it will be great to see them again.

Now, I must say that organising all this has been a bit of a challenge, getting footballers to commit to something I'm finding can be a bit like cat herding, but if promises are honoured then this should be very good, so do get yourself to the Far Post Bar after the match. If this works well then we will do more of it, there are some cracking ideas in the pipeline.

The whole idea of SUEPA is to reunite ex players with each other, the club and the fans. It is a fun thing. There is no hidden agenda, and the club should love it as it is all good PR. It is not for profit too, so again I underline that this is a FREE event. Above all, I hope it is something the fans want to see and see more of. We can improve how we do this, and no doubt there will be some lessons to learn from it all after Saturday. Ideas, suggestions, and even offers of future help, are welcome.

The bar will be open until 6.30 pm which is when I expect it all to wrap up by.

The Far Post Bar is not Wembley Arena, I hope it will be well enough attended so that the place is full, and if this interests you then I suggest you aim to get there asap after the match. If you are in the West Stand you can avoid walking all the way around the outside of the ground by cutting through the South Stand.

The event has today been publicised on the club website, I've been plugging it for a couple of days now on the SUEPA Twitter and Facebook pages, and there will be posters around the ground on the day. There is also a feature on it in the club prog.

There is a thread on this under the Ex Shrimpers forum under the SUEPA thread at the top of that. But not everyone looks at that forum hence my blurb on it all here which I hope the mods are ok with

Any questions, just ask.

Oh, and please give ALL of the ex players a great welcome both on the pitch before KO and in the Far Post Bar afterwards. Some may be heroes for all, some you might think are a little controversial, but they will all have made a great effort to be there so lets give them all an equal cheer.